ABOUT

El Gastrónomo Vagabundo: [el]  [gas-tro’no-mo] [vah-gah-boon’-do];  trans: the gourmet vagabond.

El Gastrónomo Vagabundo is an award-winning pioneer of Ontario gourmet street food movement, offering a continuously changing menu of globally inspired gourmet cuisine.  Spurred by the increasing popularity of mobile street food in North America, El Gastrónomo Vagabundo is the first mobile food truck of its kind in Canada, featuring gourmet tacos, tapas, southeast Asian dishes, and garden fresh salads.  Lovingly nicknamed “El Gastró” by its fans, the truck was featured on the hit Food Network Canada series Eat St.

Globally inspired.  Locally driven. 
El Gastrónomo is committed to being environmentally and socially responsible, using eco-friendly and biodegradable products.  Ingredients are sourced from local organic and free range farms, as well as local independent suppliers.  Read more about our local suppliers and eco-friendly efforts here.

In the driver's seat.

El Gastrónomo Vagabundo is brought to you by Australian chef Adam Hynam-Smith and his Canadian partner Tamara Jensen.

AwesTRUCK 2012
Adam Hynam-Smith is Chef and Co-owner of El Gastrónomo Vagabundo, Ontario’s first gourmet street food truck. Hynam-Smith’s work as a pioneering chef has garnered him the reputation for reshaping the standard for street food cuisine in Ontario. According to Acquired Taste Magazine, “what Momofuku master chef David Chang is to New York, El Gastrónomo Vagabundo is to Toronto’s food truck culture”. Adam is co-host of Food Network Canada's Restaurant Takeover.

Hynam-Smith was raised in the historic gold mining regions of Central Victoria, Australia. Taking his childhood lessons of the importance of community, friends, and food, he moved to Melbourne to train under some of the best chefs in Australia, including Cath Claringbold and Jacques Reymond.   Since embarking on his world travels in 2006, Adam has studied and cooked in Morocco, France, England, Thailand, and now, Canada.

Adam is a passionate believer in knowing where his food comes from and the people behind the food, choosing his suppliers very carefully and on a personal level. Adam’s cuisine draws on his global experiences, with flavours from Southeast Asia, North Africa, the Mediterranean, and of course, Australia.  Adam’s extensive travel and work experience allow him to draw on the culture and traditions of the food he cooks while putting a personal and modern spin on the cuisine.  Adam’s food always comes back to what he was taught as a boy: food should be shared and enjoyed in an inspired setting with good company.

Tamara Jensen is Operations Manager and Co-owner of El Gastrónomo Vagabundo. Tamara works behind the scenes to maintain the strong social media presence and brand recognition required for success in the fast-growing industry of gourmet street food.
 
As a charter member of the Ontario Food Trucks Association, Tamara uses social media to advocate for fair business practices in the street food and hospitality industries across Ontario.  With an academic and professional background in forensic psychology and statistical analysis, Tamara draws on her research and communication skills to provide meaningful data to municipal policymakers and industry stakeholders across the province.  Tamara uses social media to increase public awareness and gain support for positive street food change; her advocacy efforts were recognized with the “Road Warrior” award at the 2012 AwesTRUCK Food Truck Awards.

Tamara and Adam were awarded the Outstanding New Business Award by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce in 2012, and received the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award in early 2013.

Tamara assists fellow small business owners with brand development and implementing effective social media and communication strategies, and is available for personalized consultation.